Voinovich and Lugar Ditch KGL to Work on Competing Energy Bill

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Given that the prospects for passage of the climate legislation being drafted by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) rest on the shoulders of a few moderate Republican senators, this news from CQ (subs. req’d) isn’t good for environmental advocates:

Two moderate Republicans long courted by authors of a Senate climate change bill have disengaged from talks ahead of next week’s unveiling of the legislation and are working on a narrower, competing bill.

Republicans George V. Voinovich of Ohio and Richard G. Lugar of Indiana are developing an energy-only bill that would mandate new renewable and nuclear power production without imposing cuts on carbon emissions. [...]

Voinovich has long been considered a prime target of their appeal to moderate Republicans. Unlike some Senate Republicans, Voinovich is not a skeptic about man-made global warming, which he has called “one of the most serious problems of our time.” In addition, his impending retirement from Congress at the end of the current session makes him immune from election year political pressure.

But in an interview, Voinovich said he views a slimmed-down and more pragmatic energy-only bill as the only chance for addressing climate change this year.

“I’d like to get something done,” he said. “But I’m not sure it would meet the standards of the environmental groups or what Sen. Kerry would like to get done. I’d like to do the doable — move it down the field while I can.”

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harryhammer
Comment posted April 21, 2010 @ 5:45 pm

The New York Times ran an article about the American Petroleum Institute in April of 1998. It outlines a very specific and detailed plan by oil and gas industry representatives to invest millions of dollars in an effort to undermine support for the Kyoto Protocol and discredit the scientific consensus opinion that greenhouse gases are causing the planet to warm.

http://www.euronet.nl/users/e_wesker/ew@shell/A…

The draft plan, titled “Global Climate Science Communications Action Plan,” concedes that opposition to the protocol is not shared by the public or a vast majority of scientists worldwide. “There has been little, if any, public resistance or pressure applied to Congress to reject the treaty, except by those ‘inside the Beltway’ with vested interests,” it notes.

Read: Global Climate Science Communications Action Plan

http://harryhammer.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/glo…


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